“Kids are made of rubber they don’t
need to have treatment!!”
This is a common belief throughout the adult population and to a degree there is some truth in it. Children have amazing resilience and healing abilities. Compared with most adults they have far better muscular flexibility and joint range of motion but many things can go wrong.
Children, unlike adults haven’t got years of experience to compare when something isn’t working properly so they often just put up with it.
What can Osteopathy do?
Osteopathy provides an effective treatment for many childhood complaints and is drug-free. Osteopaths understand the vulnerabilities between the growing muscles and joints and the associated pain such as:
Hip, knee & ankle pain
It can be beneficial for your child to have an osteopathic assessment if they have a fall, especially if they hit their head, or land on their spine or bottom. Children have an amazing ability to ‘bounce back’, however some trauma can be retained in the tissues and joints of the body that may not be immediately apparent, but which can go on to cause problems later on in life. Your osteopath will be able to find any restrictions that may be present, and then through treatment, they can prevent further problems from occurring.
Sporting injuries are common in children, as are other conditions such as
Osgood Schlatter’s (front of knee)
Sever’s (heel pain)
Scheuermann’s (spine) disease
Osteopathy can treat the imbalance & restrictions caused by these conditions, as well as treating recurrent problems such as ankle sprains.
What should I look out for with my child?
Keeping an eye on your child’s posture is very important. Influences such as carrying heavy school bags and increased use of computers can cause postural problems that may become more difficult to address as your child gets older. Signs to look out for, which indicate an early problem with posture include:
Asymmetry in the shoulders (one higher or more forward than the other)
Curvature of the spine
Turning in or out of the feet
Shoulder blade starting to poke out on one side (known as “winging”)
Check your child’s shoes – do they wear out quickly on one side more than the other? This can also point towards postural imbalance.
Our Osteopaths are well trained and experienced in treating children gently, safely and effectively. Kids are made of rubber but things can go wrong!
It may be beneficial for your child to be examined if they have sustained trauma; especially motor vehicles accidents, fractures or falls onto their spine.